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Borough Council recycling service disruption update

Published on Monday, 17th January 2022

Recycling collections in Nuneaton and Bedworth are to be disrupted for the third week running, due to industrial action


Borough Council brown lid bin recycling collections are expected to be disrupted for the third week running due to strike action taken by drivers employed by Coventry City Council.

This week, action is expected to take place on Wednesday 19 and Friday 21 January. Further action is expected in the weeks to come on the same weekdays.

Efforts to end the action are continuing, but the strike by members of the Unite union means many homes aren’t receiving their fortnightly recycling collection as scheduled.

The Borough Council aims to help those who have been inconvenienced by missed collections.

This includes collecting as many bins as possible on strike days, providing additional resource on non-strike days to collect cardboard and additional recycling waste on scheduled rounds, and encouraging households affected by the current industrial action to dispose of recycled waste in their black bin if they need to, as well as putting additional resource into black bin collections in those areas.

Black bins and the green bin garden waste service are not affected by the action.

The Council is asking residents to continue to put out their bins when their regular recycling collection is due. If recycling waste isn’t collected, residents are asked to take their bin back onto their property, and are asked to consider taking the following action:

  • If you do not receive a recycling collection this coming week, you can place recycling waste in a black bag and then in or beside your black bin for collection the following week (week commencing 24 January). Crews will take additional black bag waste if needed. The Borough Council aims to continue this action for those affected, throughout the strike period. Please note this only applies to those areas where recycling collections have been missed the previous week, and not to all household refuse collections.
  • Book a visit to a recycling centre to dispose of your recyclable waste. Visit
  • If you are signed up to the green bin service, please remember you can use this bin for all compostable food waste, freeing up space in your black household waste bin. See a guide to what you can dispose of in your green bin, here.

Said portfolio holder for council services, Cllr Sue Markham: “We recognise people might find they are storing recyclable waste they want to dispose of. If we have missed your recycling collection day, and you need to, please place your recycling waste in black bags and place these in or next to your black bin, which will continue to be collected on its regular collection date.

“We are doing all we can to minimise the disruption to residents at this time.”

To find out the latest about the dispute and to learn more about action they can take, residents are urged to visit: